These harmonicas are either authentic reproductions or have not changed since the earliest time period listed. They may date back further than
we currently have them dated, but the date listed is the earliest date we have documented.
Diatonic Single Reed Harmonica Models
These models include some of the most popular harmonicas and are used in Blues, Folk, Country, and Rock. All feature reeds which are tuned
to produce the natural notes of the scale without any additional sharps and flats. Most are ten hole instruments with the four middle holes comprising a complete
eight note octave, and the holes an either side extending the scale and permitting chord playing. These models are capable of producing the expressive effects
of bending and overblowing.
Here is an audio sample by Hohner's Rick Epping
1896 Marine Band: Internationally recognized by players for its simple beauty and resonant tone, this is the most famous harmonica in
the world. The pearwood body, solid brass plates and patented cover design produce a musical quality that, when first heard in 1896, brought the Marine Band
immediate popularity. This is the model that helped to create the sound of the Blues, Country, Folk and Rock. Specifications: 10 single holes, 20 reeds, length:
4". Comes in the following keys: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F# & G.
590 Big River Harp: A quality, mid-priced model made in Germany. The Big River Harp is part of Hohner's automated Modular System (MS)
production and features: Improved reed design for long life and bright tone; Airtight body for increased volume; Contoured covers that project sound and are
comfortable to hold; Attractive case. Specifications: 10 single holes, 20 reeds, length: 4 1/8". Comes in the following keys: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb,
E, F, F# & G.
Tremolo harmonicas are Diatonic models constructed with double holes, each containing two reeds tuned to the same note, one tuned slightly
higher than the other. Since both reeds are either blow or draw, when played both will sound together—the slight difference in tuning creating a beautiful
vibrating or tremolo effect. Tremolo models are popular for ballads and gospel music, as well as for Latin, Asian, European and other international folk styles.
Here is an audio sample by Hohner's Rick Epping.
Echo 64, Echo 80 and Echo 96: The Echo Double Sided series has been a favorite since the turn of the century. Beautifully stamped
covers enclose the reeds of this tremolo model and provide a common tone chamber. This reinforces sympathetic resonance between the sides and lends a deep,
haunting quality to the music.
Specifications: Key combinations available: A/D and C/G.
Echo 64 - 32 double holes, 64 reeds, length: ".
Echo 80 - 40 double holes, 80 reeds, length: 5 3/4".
Echo 96 - 48 double holes, 96 reeds, length: ".